If the federal government closes its doors on Oct. 1, it won’t be like past shutdowns for one big reason: contractors.
“The 2013 shutdown was different than every other shutdown that had come before it,” said John Cooney, a former counsel for the Office of Management and Budget and current partner at Venable LLP. “Many more government services are delivered through contracts, they’ve been outsourced. There are just that many more functions that are delivered externally and that complicates everything.”
And as the threat of a shutdown looms large on Oct. 1, many in Washington are harkening back to their 2013 recollections of the last government closure.
For more information, visit PSC’s shutdown resource page.
For more information on managing during a government shutdown, see: http://gtpac.org/2013/10/02/how-to-manage-a-federal-contract-during-the-government-shutdown/